Category: Intelligence

In Balkans, threat of Islamic radicalisation, Russian influence converge

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The White House says violent extremism and Russian aggression in Ukraine are two of the greatest challenges to U.S. national security. And one place those threats converge is the Balkan region, where political instability, outstanding ethnic tensions and economic fragility…

ISIS using Chinese MANPADS supplied with Qatari assistance

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A sequence of images released by Islamic State appears to confirm that the group has Chinese FN-6 and that a MANPADS was used to shoot down an Iraqi Mi-35M near Bayji on 3 October. Source: Islamic State The Islamic State…

Military Modernization and the Future of Warfare in Asia

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What do military modernization programs in Asia tell us about the future of warfare in the region? According to Sunil Dasgupta, the area’s states are betting that 1) nuclear deterrence will work; 2) potential conflicts will not globalize or affect…

Russia May Use North Caucasians for Hybrid Warfare in Central Asian and European Conflicts

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Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 178 By: Valery Dzutsev On September 30, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the fall 2014 Russian military draft. The government is expected to draft 154,100 men, the same number as in the…

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Iraq’s Security Breakdown

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Jamestown.org: As the assault of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in northern Iraq increasingly enhances the prospect of Iraq’s disintegration, Iran has responded aggressively by adopting a policy of direct engagement with its neighbor (Press TV [Tehran],…

Militants push anti-Assad rebels close to collapse in Syria

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Financial Times: A multi-pronged offensive in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as Isis) is threatening to bring down what is left of the country’s original rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Opposition forces fighting to end four…

Russia’s Information Campaign in Crimea: Nodes, Themes and Caution

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Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 46 Since the Crimea crisis erupted, international attention focused naturally on Russian troop movements and signs of fresh moves by Moscow to isolate the Crimean Peninsula or step up the tempo of the…